Have you ever wondered what it means to live for Christ? It is very contradictory to what we hear otherwise. The world wants us to find ourselves and live for ourselves and go after what we want. Yet, the Bible tells us to live for Christ. Nothing less, nothing more, nothing else! What does it mean though?
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Cor 5:14-15, NIV)
The profound message of Christianity is that Christ died for all people and if we embrace his death and resurrection as we are invited to do, we are to live for Christ and not for ourselves. Too often Christians embrace only the beginning of that long sentence. The rest gets lost in translation. We are not challenged to live for Christ.
What does it mean to live for Christ?
This is the big question: what does it mean to live for Christ? How should that form our every day life? It is difficult to die for yourself and your way of doing things. Because when we have surrendered our life to Jesus, our life is not ours anymore. We don’t call the shots, we don’t focus on ourselves anymore. Then our life is Christ and all the rest are just details. That’s scary, all right. But so rewarding.
Yet, most people want their life to be about their family or career or hobby. They want to make most of their lives but they don’t realize that with that attitude they’re losing something every day. Because every day they’re one day close to death. And death is then the ultimate loss of what they’ve focused their lives on. But if you live for Christ, death is gain because it means more of Christ. Meanwhile here on earth, you are Christ’s ambassador. When you live for Christ, you love and serve and minister to others. You live with God day by day. And you become more Christ-like little by little, even if you don’t notice it. It’s all grace. It’s all Christ.
Thank you that Jesus is everything we need.
Help us to embrace the fact and
really surrender our lives to you.
We want to live for Christ,
show us what it means to each of us.
May our lives bring glory to you, Lord.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What would you add? What does it mean to live for Christ?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you make Christ your life.